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Credential Programs and Requirements

Credential Programs
Public school teaching and service credentials in the State of California are regulated by the State Legislature and administered by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). The following CSULB credential programs have been designed to meet current state requirements administered by the CCTC and are frequently reviewed and updated:

Basic Teaching Credentials:

To explore all the credential programs offered, please visit the College of Education.  

 

Single Subject Credential

The Single Subject Credential allows you to teach a specified subject at any grade level-preschool, kindergarten, grades 1 through 12 or adult. However, most teachers with a Single Subject credential teach classes in middle, junior high or senior high schools. CSULB offers CCTC-approved subject matter programs in Art, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, English, Geosciences, Health Science, Languages Other than English, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Physics, and Social Science.

Multiple Subject Credential

The Multiple Subjects Credential allows you to teach all subjects at all grade levels. Most teachers with a Multiple Subjects credential usually teach in elementary school. In addition to completing a sequence of professional preparation courses and student teaching, candidates for the Multiple Subject Credential must demonstrate subject matter competence by passing the California Subject Examinations for Teachers: Multiple Subjects (CSET: Multiple Subjects) as a condition of entry to the program. With additional course work, students in the Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential Program may earn a Bilingual Authorization in Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin), Korean, or Vietnamese.

Education Specialist Credential

The Education Specialist Credential authorizes a candidate to teach in a special education assignment with students with special needs. This K-12 credential certifies individuals to work as a special day class teacher, inclusion support teacher or resource specialist. In addition to completing a sequence of professional preparation courses and student teaching, candidates must demonstrate subject matter competence by passing all three sub-tests of the California Subject Examinations for Teachers: Multiple Subjects, or the appropriate CSET exam in Math, Science, or Language Arts as a condition of entry to the program.

Service Credentials

Service credential programs are available in the following areas:

Preliminary Administrative Services, Professional Administrative Services, Teacher Librarian Services, School Counseling, and School Psychology.  Both the Preliminary Administrative Services and the Teacher Librarian Services credentials require a valid basic teaching credential.

(Note: Adapted Physical Education, Speech-Language Pathology Services, and School Social Work, Child Welfare and Attendance credentials are also available at CSULB. Refer to the College of Health and Human Services section of this catalog.)

Refer to the appropriate College of Education academic department for information about general credential requirements, completion requirements, regulations, pending changes and new legislation.